Those of you who have been reading my reviews this season know that I have a very tentative relationship with The Walking Dead. It is, perpetually, a show I like but can never quite love, stuck eternally in that frustrating limbo where it always feels like it's just about to get good. Continue reading
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"Pretty Much Dead Already"
Warning: Contains major spoilers for this episode, so if you haven't watched it yet, you only have yourself to blame for reading further.
Oh, The Walking Dead, just when I'm ready to give up on you completely, you make me remember why I ever thought you were worth my time in the first place. Continue reading
I suspect this will be the shortest review I've ever written, because I really only have one thing to say about this episode:
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CAN WE PLEASE GET OFF THIS GODDAMNED FARM ALREADY? Continue reading
Forgive the lateness of this review: I've been playing a bit of catch-up this week. Fortunately, I don't have a great deal to say about "Cherokee Rose." It's a passable episode, but an uneventful one, and a bit of a placeholder. (On this show, a quiet episode like this usually means that we can expect two or three people to get eaten next week.)
The only zombie we see during this episode figures in a preposterous set piece that is constructed like a joke: How many morons does it take to get a walker out of a well? Continue reading
"Save the Last One"
I don't want to sound too much like a college sophomore trying to get laid here, but it's amusing me this week to think of The Walking Dead as a modern, ultra-violent version of Albert Camus' 1948 existentialist novel The Plague. Maybe it's my own desire to find a purpose to the show beyond action sequences and zombie porn, but I find myself embracing the idea that The Walking Dead might have an existentialist philosophical agenda.
Like the characters in Camus' novel, our intrepid band of survivors are living through a pestilence that threatens to destroy them all; each of them is having to find his or her own way of dealing with the threat of imminent death; each is trying to find a way to live in a world without order; and each is trying to find meaning in the apparent absence of God.
This week is all about one obvious, existential question: what's the point? Continue reading